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Port of Antwerp to digitalise release of containers

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The Port of Antwerp will begin the releasing containers through a digital, secure and integrated solution known as Certified Pick up (CPu) on 1 January 2021.

This system will replace the current use of PIN codes, the Port said in a statement.

According to the Port of Antwerp this new way of working will guarantee a secure, transparent and optimised release process for incoming containers, which will then leave the port by rail, barge or truck.

How it works

CPu platform receives and processes container information to generate an encrypted digital key, with which the eventual carrier can pick up the container.  This digital key is only created when the final carrier is known.  The time between the creation of the digital key and the collection of the container is therefore minimal.

It will also be possible to trace which parties were involved in the collection of the container.  This allows the competent authorities such as customs and police to access the data exchanged and generated in Certified Pick up within the boundaries of their legal powers.

In the longer term, CPu should allow the digital key to be completely eliminated. An identity-based security process with fingerprints or eye scans might be developed.

CPu has operational benefits for all logistics partners in the port chain. It simplifies administrative processes, allows employees to work more securely and reduces the turnaround time of import containers in the port.  Customs and the police will also be able to operate more efficiently and effectively thanks to CPu.

The Port Authority and the port community have an open and constructive dialogue with all involved logistics parties, such as shipping companies, shipping agents, terminals, shippers, freight forwarders, logistics operators, truck companies and inland navigation and rail operators. Together, they will look into how to further shape CPu and implement it in phases.

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